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Diwali: A guide to weight management during vacation and travel


Introduction to Weight management during Diwali Festival:

Diwali the festival of lights is a significant and celebration in India and other parts of the world. Families often travel to their hometowns or planned vacations during this time to celebrate with loved ones. Traveling during Diwali can be a memorable experience, bringing together cultural traditional festivities and sense of togetherness. It is a time for reuniting with family and friends, visiting temples, exchanging gifts, and partaking in various rituals and customs. In festive season, if you want to control your blood sugar level and maintain your weight, then read this article,


Vacation and Diwali celebration:

During the Diwali vacation, people engage in various activities such as decorating homes with colorful rangolis and lightning diyas, bursting firecrackers and preparing a variety of delicious foods. It is a time when streets and homes are adorned with vibrant decorations and lights, creating a festive and jubilant atmosphere.

Foods and Diwali celebrations:

Diwali is synonyms with a delightful array of traditional sweets and savory dishes. From luscious ladoos, crispy jalebis to samosas and rich curries. The festivals cuisine is diverse and indulgent. Families prepare a wide assortment of dishes, often laden with ghee, sugar, and various spices. These delectable treats are shared with relatives and neighbors, enhancing the spirit of togetherness and joy.

Weight management and Diwali indulgences:

However, the indulgent nature of Diwali cuisine can pose challenges for individuals striving to manage their weight. The rich calorie-dense foods can lead to overeating, potentially causing weight gain. Finding a balance between enjoying the traditional delicacies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes crucial during this festive period.

Tips to eat sweets During Diwali:

  • Portion control: Enjoy sweets in moderation. Limit your portions to avoid excessive sugar intake.
  • Choose wisely: Choose sweets that are lower in sugar and made with healthier ingredients such as those containing nuts, seeds, ghee, and dried fruits.
  • Homemade sweets: Consider making your own sweets at home using healthier alternatives like Jaggery, honey, or dates as sweeteners.
  • Balance with nutrients: Pairs wits with protein or fiber rich foods to slow down the absorption of sugar and help keep blood sugar level stable. For example, consume 1 scoop whey protein powder and lots of vegetables (vegetable salad, soup, juice, and steam vegetables).
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help flush out excess sugar and reduce the risk of dehydration, especially if consuming high sugar sweets.
  • Mindful eating: Pay attention to what you are eating, savor each bite and enjoy the festive treats without overindulging.
  • Stay active: Incorporate physical activity into your routine during the festive season to help balance the extra calvary consumed.
  • Post meal walking: A short walk about 15 to 30 minutes after finishing your meal, helps in avoiding discomfort and bloating. Moreover, 10-to-15-minute walk is usually sufficient, it does not have to be long. The goal is to get your body moving. Choose a green space or park for your post meal walk. Fresh air and nature can enhance the overall experience. Try to make post meal walking a habit. Regularity can contribute to better digestion overtime.
  • Limit frequency: Enjoys sweets on special occasions like Diwali rather than making them a daily indulgence.
  •  Healthy alternatives: Explore healthier desert options like fruit salads, yogurt parfaits or desserts made with whole grains.

Tips to manage weight during travelling or tour:

  • Plan: Research dining options at your travel destination and identify healthier choices in advance.
  • Pack snacks: Bring healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, or fruits (Carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, banana, and apples) to avoid relying on less nutritious options available on the road.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking water, coconut water and Lemon water throughout your travels. Sometimes our bodies can mistake thirst for hunger.
  • Nutritious Breakfast: Consume breakfast what is available around you or in the hotel. But with breakfast consume one scoop whey protein powder with water. That is why, cravings will be reduced and you can avoid unhealthy snacking throughout the day. In addition, if you want to eat while looking at others, you cannot eat even more. Furthermore, a nutritious breakfast can enhance cognitive function, allowing you to make better decisions, navigate new surroundings and fully enjoy your vacation experiences. Additionally, a filling breakfast can prevent overeating later in the day, helping you make healthier food choices and maintain a balanced diet while away from home.
  • Mindful eating: Pay attention to portion sizes and listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues.
  • Limit sugary drinks: Consume water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugary drinks to reduce unnecessary calorie intake.
  • Stay active: Incorporate physical activity into your travel plans, whether it is walking, sightseeing, or finding a local gym.
  • Choose widely at restaurants: During lunch and dinner time, look for healthier options on menus, such as grilled rather than fried, and ask for dressings or sauces on the side. Furthermore, start your lunch and dinner with the vegetable garden salads, that is why you can avoid unhealthy foods and stay full.
  • Post meal walking: Before going to sleep in the room, walk for 10 to 15 minutes in the garden. That is why blood sugar remains stable and digestion problems do not occur.
  •  Restful sleep: Ensure you get enough rest, as lack of sleep can affect your metabolism and food choices.

In conclusion, the intersection of Diwali, traveling, vacation, foods, and weight management forms a complex yet culturally rich tapestry. It is a time of celebration, togetherness, and indulgence in culinary delights.

However, being mindful of choices and practicing moderation can help in maintaining a balance between enjoying the festivities and managing weight during this vibrant and cherished festival. To know more, follow my Instagram page.

Dr.Hetal Patel


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